5/30/13

Cooking Outside the Can: Very Versatile Cream Soup

 
Do you know what is in your soup? I know what is in mine, and it does not involve any words longer than mushroom! Not that you would ever find a mushroom in my soup....YUCK! (sorry dear)

INGREDIENTS

WATER, MUSHROOMS, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, WHEAT FLOUR, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: VEGETABLE OIL (CORN, COTTONSEED, CANOLA, AND/OR SOYBEAN), SUGAR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, CREAM (MILK), SALT, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, FLAVORING, LOWER SODIUM NATURAL SEA SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, DISODIUM INOSINATE, DEHYDRATED MUSHROOMS.
All I can say is that I always knew there was a reason that I hate cream of mushroom soup. It could also have to do with the fact that I hate mushrooms. The ingredients in cream of celery are the exact same, except it contains celery instead of mushrooms. Cream of chicken soup at least contains chicken albeit "dehydrated, mechanically separated chicken" and cream. But I can do without the MSG and rancid vegetable oils.

So what's a true homemaker to do when the number one ingredient in almost any casserole (and we love our casseroles) is a cream soup of one kind or another. There is no need to go without your favorite casserole. You just have to think outside the box can.

Cream of anything soup has 6 simple ingredients!
  • Butter...the start of any good meal.
  • Vegetables (Onion, celery, or mushrooms).
  • Flour or Arrowroot powder (for gluten free).
  • Beef broth, chicken broth, or vegetable broth.
  • Cream...the end of any good meal (Or milk if you prefer).
  • Seasonings that are not MSG
Cream of Chicken Soup
3 T butter
1 Diced onion
1/4 Cup flour or arrowroot powder
2 Cups chicken stock
1/2 Cup cream or milk
Sea Salt and pepper to taste
 
Cream of Celery Soup
3 T butter
1/2 Cup Diced onion
1/2 Cup Diced celery
1/4 Cup flour or arrowroot powder
2  Cups Vegetable Stock
1/2 Cup cream or milk
Celery Salt and pepper to taste
 
Cream of Mushroom Soup
3 T butter
1/4 Cup flour or arrowroot powder
1/2 C diced onion
1 Cup chopped mushrooms
2 Cups Beef Broth
1/2 Cup cream or milk
Garlic salt and pepper to taste
 
To make the soup;
Sautee the vegetables in butter. Once they are tender, add the flour and seasonings and wisk to combine.
 
 
 Cook for at least one minute until the flour smells toasty. Add the broth and cook over medium heat, stirring continually until thick and bubbly. Remove from the heat and add the cream!
Eat as is or add to your favorite dish.
 
My favorite dish made with cream of chicken soup is Funeral Potatoes. Named for the fact that they are often served by wonderful ladies to the grieving families at funerals. Something in them just makes the heartache easier to bear. The real and true comfort food. Typically made with a can of cream of chicken soup and a bag of frozen potatoes, here is a makeover!
 
5 Large potatoes, cooked and shredded
1 Batch cream of chicken soup
1 Cup of sour cream
Salt and pepper
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
 
Boil 5 large or several smaller potatoes. Cool, peel and shred. Then add salt and pepper.
 
 
Add the sour cream to the soup.
 
 
 Pour over the potatoes and mix to combine.
 
 
Then top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 40-50 min until bubbly.
 
 
 Then place under the broiler for 5 min for a nice toasty taste.
 

I like mine best served with pork. MMM. We give thanks to our little piggie who went to market for his life. We will console ourselves over his death with these magically comforting funeral potatoes.

 
 


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49 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the cream soup recipes. What a great alternative to canned soups. I'm saving your recipes and can't wait to try the funeral potatoes. They look really good. Visiting from My Turn for Us.
    Babs

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    1. I hope you get use from these recipes. And the potatoes are wonderful!!

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  2. Love these recipes! Found you on the Freedom Friday hop! pinning this for future reference!

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  3. Great idea! Can't wait to try them!

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  4. I have been doing my own "cream of" soups too. I love it... Especially not pouring that gloppy stuff into my food!

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  5. wonderful ideas. I will be cooking again in fall when I get an active kitchen. This will be in my book marks waiting.
    I ran into your "Cry Baby" post the word "therapeutic" jump out at me. I to should join a support group, "My name is Deena and I cry". The pressure release is amazing. Recently I help back tears so hard that I broke a blood vessel below my eye. Never again. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It appears that it is good for your health then!!

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  6. Thanks for the soup recipes. I try to make a lot of foods from scratch to avoid the unpronouncable ingredients.

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  7. Thank you so much - why haven't I been doing this all along?! We shared this with our readers at homesteadlady.com

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  8. I don't have facebook or twitter... but I like this :)
    Thanks sooo much!

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    1. Well thank you! I hope you will come back.

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  9. Hello, I also try very hard to make my own cream sauces, BUT sometimes I still will use a can here or there.
    But I did copy down the recipes :) to inspire me!
    Blessings, Roxy

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    1. I can't say we do it 100Percent of the time either. But every little bit helps with good health!

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  10. Well, Janine, you've convinced me. It certainly sounds easy enough, and compared to over $1 a can, certainly a money saver as well. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time and glad I did!

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    1. Yea Lori! It is easy and sooo much better.

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  11. Eek, the words "mechanically separated chicken" grosses me out!! I used to use cream of (fill in the blank) soups in a lot of my recipes, but gave them up about a year ago. We don't make a lot of casseroles, but I have the occasional need for these soups, and I have been wanting to find a recipe to make them. I will be sure to pin this so I have easy access to your recipes!

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

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    1. Yea, those words made me shiver a little too!

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  12. Love cream soups and having recipes for them is cost effective, love it, pinning it.

    Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

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    1. It is especially cost effective if you just take your baked chicken carcass and make the broth with it. Cheap-O!

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  13. I was just talking with a friend about cream of chicken soup. I've sent her the link.
    I have never heard of funeral potatoes. Look good.

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    1. They are probably a cultural food. I grew up in Utah. Everyone there knows about green Jell-O and Funeral Potatoes!

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  14. Perfect for the casseroles that I make!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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    1. Thank you very Much. I appreciate that.

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  15. Those Funeral Potatoes look wonderful!

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    1. Love them! Hope you get a chance to make them. They are even better with crushed cornflakes on top. But we don't do much cereal around here anymore.

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  16. I always make my own! It annoys my husband a little when he wants to make pork chops buy I have to make a "cream of something" soup first. But I figure avoiding both the can and the weird ingredients is worth the extra five minutes.

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    1. Wow! Your husband cooks pork chops?? Lucky gal. Mine can almost boil water...almost.

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  17. Great idea, looking forward to being able to make dishes with creamed soup now.
    -Megan @ Top 6 With a Side of Gluten

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    1. I don't envy my gluten free friends. Lots of sacrifices. Glad this one wont be one for you any longer.

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  18. Oh boyyyy you bring back some fond memories When we first moved to paris Idaho I brought this potato dish over to my neighbors for a cook out. I had gotten the recipe from a friend in Arizona and have totally forgotten what she called them because the funeral potatoes stuck in my mind . they are sooooooooo good!take care Linda

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    1. Nothing says Idaho Cook out like Funeral Potatoes!

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  19. This is great! I've often wondered how to make my own cream of chicken soup- thanks!

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  20. Thanks for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop- I'll be featuring you this week, so please feel free to grab my Featured Button for your blog!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop. We always love seeing everyone's posts.
    Have a great week and here is this weeks party has started. Here is the link.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/06/wednesdays-adorned-from-above-blog-hop_11.html
    Debi and Charly

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  22. I loved this post! I chose it as a feature at today's HomeAcre Hop. Thank you so much for sharing.

    http://blackfoxhomestead.com/the-homeacre-hop/the-homeacre-hop-23-a-fun-giveaway-and-the-arrival-of-the-chickens/

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  23. Great post!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive - we're focused on soup recipes this week, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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  24. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  25. Such a fab post - I've pinned this and featured you at this week's Empty Your Archive party.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Alice @ Mums Make Lists

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  26. Thank you! I never gave it a thought before but yuck on the canned stuff! I can't wait to try all the cream soup recipes & I'm definitely going to try your potato recipe but I'm gonna change the name to "MMM HMMM Mommy knows where its at potatoes" :) Michelle

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  27. Thank you! I never gave it a thought before but yuck on the canned stuff! I can't wait to try all the cream soup recipes & I'm definitely going to try your potato recipe but I'm gonna change the name to "MMM HMMM Mommy knows where its at potatoes" :) Michelle

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  28. Thanks so much for sharing this with our readers at the Let' Get Real hop, Janine. I am so excited you found us. I've been working hard to get rid of canned soup from my life, but there are so many darn recipes for it, especially crock pot recipes. This certainly will help. I much prefer to make my own because then I can control the quality of ingredients that I feed my family. If I could have one more day with my family because we ate a healthy meal, it would be worth all the extra time I put into making the extra meals. Canned soup should be an easy switch for me. Thank you.

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  29. I have not found that it adds much extra time for me. Opening a can and pouring it out is a bit quicker. But you can't beat the flavor of this home made version!

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  30. I've been making our own 'cream of ___' soups for awhile and I love them! BUT...we went gluten free back in April due to my daughter's health. I've been making the same recipe but using cornstarch. It's not quite right though, as cornstarch makes it too glue-y.

    I've never heard of arrowroot powder. Does it set up more like white flour or does it get glue-y like cornstarch?

    Your recipe sounds divine and we adore funeral potatoes!! Thank you for posting these and any advice you can give.

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